Let's take a look. If you're in your 20s 30s 40s or 50s – What is the game plan? Here this is really cool. I think this helps people and also maybe might motivate you to take action a little bit more. Let's say you're 30 years old, you want to have at least one times your salary saved. So if you're making $50,000 a year ,you want to make sure that you have 50 gramme in the bank. Let's jump up to 45. You want to have 4 times your annual income saved. Once you get into your 60s, right, that's 8 times. That's a huge number! And you know, procrastination is probably one of the key components of why people are not necessarily successful, but at least this put you in the… I mean one of the biggest questions Al and I I get is, “Am I on track? How do I compare to other people that you see?” Well this is a good idea to take a look at how much money are you making, multiplied by those factors, and then that's going to get you in the ballpark.
Right? Because I think a lot of times it's just simple arithmetic. How much money do I need to maintain the lifestyle that I want long-term? Most of you don't have enough. We're not here to put fear in you. We want to make sure that you're responsible to look at, “Hey, how much do I need?” To give you the confidence to do all the things that you want to do in retirement. Hey, Joe, why don't we do kind of a simple example of let's say some different ages. Perhaps your age 40 or 50 or 60.
Let's say you have $50,000 saved. Let's say you want to reach that $500,000 savings goal. Well, how much do you need to save per month to be able to do that? In this slide it's showing you $179 per month if you're 40. Look what happens if you're in your 50s. $862 dollars per month and if you're 60 you got to fast track this. That's $3,875 per month. That's of course at a 7% rate of return and assuming that you retired age 67.
Just four grand a month. Oh yeah, no problem. That does show why you want to start as early as possible when you're saving. .
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We often get the question asking us, “what's the best retirement plan if I'm self-employed?” Well, that's hard to say. There's lots of plans out there, and the best one depends on your situation, right? Do you have employees or is it just you? How old are your employees? What are their salaries? So just to simplify, I'm just going to assume that – one person, self-employed, maybe their spouse is involved in the business, but that's it, no employees. in that case, you might want to look into something called a solo 401(k) or an individual 401(k). It's really simple to set up, not really a lot of cost to maintain, but it gives you a great amount of flexibility. As a self-employed person you're the employee and the employer. And with a solo 401(k), you can make an employee contribution, as well as a profit sharing or a matching contribution on behalf of the business – again, because you're also the employer. It's straightforward, like I said, easy to set up, and gives you a pretty large amount of flexibility. If we're talking about larger plans, and something that's going to give you an even greater tax benefit, you might want to look into something called a defined benefit plan.
This is a little bit more costly to establish. There are some filing requirements, there are minimum annual funding requirements, but if you're making a fair amount of money and you're looking to put away really large sums of money, a defined benefit plan can be the way to go. You can put hundreds of thousands of dollars a year away into a plan like this. You could also pair that with a solo 401(k) to give yourself even greater flexibility. So like I said, while there's not one end all be all plan that's perfect or the right one, it's going to depend on your actual situation.
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